Shopping online can make life a breeze, especially when looking at womens ankle boots or fashion accessories. It’s quick, effective and shipped directly to your door. You can buy anything from discounted jewelry online to wigs these days. It’s the ideal method to shop until something goes horribly wrong. Respectable cosmetics makers have recently been flooded with complaints about high-end items after consumers have unwittingly bought phony, obsolete or black-market products from unauthorised online stockists.
But before you go cold turkey on your online buying habits, read these handy tips. Equipped with a couple of good pieces of street smarts, you’ll be able to with confidence fill your online cart when looking for beauty therapy or makeup products.
Purchasing cosmetics online can be a minefield because of the threat of item contamination and infection. Just buy from the brand’s website or authorised stockist. When you receive the product, check that the product has never been opened and, where appropriate, ensure it is still in its box and cellophane wrapping.
Most high-end brands such as Chanel you will never be able to find online. If by chance you do find them, they are most likely fakes, grey-market or worse, used. The scent of the fragrance could be spoiled or a poor or most of the time even a dangerous imitation of the real thing.
In a lot of countries, it is illegal to post fragrance by air. So make sure your online store has quality land or sea shipping available for such purchases.
When you purchase skincare products online, especially cosmeceuticals or anything with highly active ingredients such as vitamins A or C or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), you should always purchase from the brand’s own official site. If (as we mentioned above) the brand doesn’t sell their products online, have a look for its authorised stockist list somewhere on their official site. Some of the high-end brands who are looking to protect their brand from the grey and fake markets have initiated their own programmes by creating an “Authorised Stockist” stamp.
The bottom line basically is, if the price of a high-end brand on a website looks too good to be true, it usually is. High-end brands have their own websites and do not usually sell from third party websites. Remember, the business of beauty therapy is a highly specialised industry so be wary and alert when buying anything online and enjoy the experience. Also remember to keep in mind the tone of your legs does make a difference to the kinds of womens heels you should buy.